The accused man pleaded not guilty to the charges of indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection when he appeared before the High Court on Wednesday.
The child testified yesterday that the accused man resided at the home of a close relative when the incident occurred on January 25, 2009.
She told the court that the incident took place while that relative was out and another older relative was confined to a bed in a separate room.
“I was watching TV in the drawing room…He asked where was [relative]… I told him that she went to a meeting…He started kissing me on the long chair in the drawing room. He held my hand and he brought me to my [relative] room,” the girl recalled.
“He told me if I wanted a lollipop… I told him no. He told me to unzip his pants and take out his penis. Then he ask me to suck his penis… I felt a bitter slimy thing in my mouth and I went to spit it out in the sink. I went to the drawing room. He came too,” the victim told the court.
The following day, the child told her cousin, also eight-years-old, about the incident. Her cousin advised her to tell her mother, which she did.
After telling her mother, a report was made to the police.
Yesterday, three other witnesses presented their evidence on the matter in favour of the prosecution, while the accused man proclaimed his innocence on the witness stand.
He blamed the entire episode on hatred that the victim’s relative and her church had for him and his church. He insisted that the entire thing was a fabrication.
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